St. Jude Medical

  • Location: Little Canada, MN
  • Architect: Architectural Alliance
  • Client: St. Jude Medical

Project Highlights

  • 184,000 square foot steel-framed structure
  • 28 foot cantilever retaining/foundation wall
  • 30 by 150 foot central skylight
  • Clean rooms and lab facilities
  • LEED certification


St. Jude technology center is a 184,000 square foot, three-story structural steel framed building, connected to the existing production facility. Built into the side of a large hill, the new facility required a 28 foot (two-story) cantilever retaining /foundation wall along the east exterior wall. The north and south exterior foundation walls were also nearly 28 feet tall at the east end (the highest point) and incrementally stepped down in line with the adjacent topography to the lowest point. Braced frames were utilized to stabilize the building laterally. At the second floor mezzanine level there was partial frame work over the clean room/lab area on the first floor. Offices are located on the upper level. At its center the new facility features a 30 foot by 150 foot long skylight. A one-story 8,000 square foot manufacturing addition to the existing facility was also a component of this project.